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TitleChallenges faced by student teachers of Nyadire Teachers" College in engaging pupils in philosophical inquiry and feasible solutions
AuthorZimbiti, Clementine T.
SubjectPhilosophical inquiry
SubjectCritical pedagogy
SubjectProblem solving
SubjectPhilosophical skills
SubjectPedagogic challenges
SubjectPhilosophy for children
SubjectCritical thinking
SubjectNyadire Teachers College
SubjectTeaching practice
SubjectTeachers -- Training of -- Zimbabwe – Mutoko – Evaluation
SubjectStudent teachers -- Zimbabwe – Mutoko – Evaluation
SubjectCritical thinking -- Study and teaching -- Zimbabwe – Mashonaland East Province
SubjectProblem solving -- Study and teaching -- Zimbabwe – Mashonaland East Province
SubjectNyadire Teachers College
Format1 online resource (xiii, 308 leaves) : color illustrations
AbstractPhilosophical inquiry as a pedagogical approach develops higher order thinking and problem solving skills. Inquiry-based learning is an important approach for sustainable development, considering the fact that today’s societies has to deal with everyday challenges. Philosophical inquiry is a powerful educational approach that has cognitive, social and practical benefits. This study examined the challenges faced by the Nyadire Teachers’ College (NTC) student teachers in Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe in engaging pupils in philosophical inquiry and ways of overcoming them. The study employed the qualitative design because of its focus on participants’ perceptions and actions. The researcher viewed participants as reflective beings whose actions were influenced by their thoughts. The study sample comprised forty student teachers on campus who had just completed their Teaching Practice (TP), eight student teachers on TP and ten lecturers from various departments. The data were collected through individual interviews, focus group discussions, non-participant observation of lessons and document analysis. The evidence from literature indicates that philosophical discourse and pedagogy develop learners’ ability to be responsible and accountable for their actions. It has also indicated teachers’ inability to introduce children to thoughtful discussion as one of the barriers to the use of philosophical inquiry as a pedagogy. The findings of the study indicated that NTC student teachers lacked skills and dispositions to engage pupils in philosophical inquiry. This was attributed to lack of critical pedagogy in teacher education at NTC. The findings also indicated that there were challenges in practicing schools. The study established knowledge and competence gaps amongst NTC student teachers as one of the challenges. The study suggested that NTC teacher education should expose student teachers to theory and practice of critical pedagogy. It also suggested in-service education on mentoring for teachers in schools, as mentoring demands more skills and knowledge than mere teaching.
AbstractEducational Studies
AbstractD. Ed. (Philosophy of Education)
IdentifierZimbiti, Clementine T. (2016) Challenges faced by student teachers of Nyadire Teachers" College in engaging pupils in philosophical inquiry and feasible solutions, University of South Africa, Pretoria,